Your mission is to provide a healthy, nutritious, varied and reliable meals service to our elderly residents.
It starts with developing, in consultation with residents and staff, healthy balanced menus, with choices which reflect the needs and preferences of residents. You’ll therefore plan, prepare and cook residents’ meals from the agreed menu, taking into account personal preferences or recognised dietary requirement (e.g. diabetes). All residents are to be offered at least three meals per day. And by regularly seeking feedback, you’ll monitor their satisfaction with the menu and quality of the food provided.
You’ll also ensure a safe and sufficient supply of catering products, by developing a system of ordering supplies in a timely manner. And to ensure good stock control, you’ll make sure catering orders and deliveries are recorded using documentation supplied, to enable all orders to be checked and audited. Maintenance of a system of effective stock rotation and control is paramount, and by doing so, you will manage catering costs within the agreed catering budget.
You will also ensure safe and proper use of catering equipment, and report any defects to management. It is also important that you adhere to kitchen cleaning procedures and schedules in accordance with Environmental Health standards, and keep the kitchen and store areas in a clean and hygienic condition. Correct use of all equipment and products in line with COSHH requirements is key, as is the need to keep all COSHH assessments under review. You will also participate in and supervise the completion of all relevant records in relation to food safety.
The Ideal Candidate
You’ll have a relevant Certificate in Food Hygiene, or be prepared to obtain one within the first three months in the role. Equally, you will have demonstrable experience of cooking varied, healthy and safe meals to large groups (twelve or more, and sometimes up to 20), on a regular basis.
You’ll also have the ability to communicate and interact well with people, and work productively as part of a team. And in a modern working environment, naturally you need to be able to read and write to a good standard.
You’ll be methodical and highly organised; your kitchen and equipment will be kept clean and tidy, with an effective method of stock rotation.
Finally, you should be able to demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the nutritional needs of older people.
At Abbeyfield, we believe that great care starts with great people. We’re committed to providing the highest standards of accommodation to our residents and we’re always keen to hear from people who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of older people in the UK.
In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes 31 days paid leave, (pro rata), including bank/public holidays, an occupational sick pay scheme, a pension scheme, plus shop and save discounts. We also offer great career prospects, from a comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to get you started, to further opportunities to progress your career as a cook, through development, to gain more experience in your role. And there may be opportunities in some of our Homes to develop into Sous Chefs/Second Chefs, all the way up to a Head Chef/Catering Manager role.
Best of all, we’re a charity, meaning that the interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do, not shareholders.
About the Company
At Abbeyfield Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Society we are proud of the care and support we provide for older people in our houses located in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead. Residents live in a ‘family’ environment where we encourage them to pursue hobbies and interests.
The Society consists of three houses, the houses merged to create one society in 1989 and are run by a voluntary committee. Living with Abbeyfield is the perfect option for people who cannot live on their own and who think that going into care is their only option. In a supported house, residents retain their independence but live in a supportive family environment.
Our resident’s rooms come with fitted kitchen area for our residents to retain their independence should they wish. We have a bright and airy conservatory where our residents and their loved ones or families can sit and chat looking out into our beautiful garden. Our residents enjoy regular coffee mornings and visits from people in our local community.
An honest and open culture is encouraged by our house managers and their teams, who are supported with regular team meetings and ongoing up-to-date training. Our teams are made up of committed, caring and professional people who are dedicated to ensuring that our residents are supported to do the things that they want to do, including the little things that matter.
As part of our team, you will have excellent opportunities to work with some amazing, caring people and give something back to our wonderful residents by enriching their lives. If this sounds like somewhere where you would like to work, please do contact us.
This role is advertised for the Abbeyfield Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Society who are an independent charity. You will be employed by this independent charity, therefore ‘The Abbeyfield Society’ will not be your employer. All terms, conditions, policies and procedures will be covered under the arrangements offered by the Abbeyfield Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead Society only.
The Abbeyfield Society